Tick IPM Outreach and Research Activities, NYS IPM Program, 2019
Lampman, Joellen; Gangloff-Kaufmann, Jody; Frye, Matt; Dunn, Amara; Marvin, Debra; Braband, Lynn
Ticks and tick-borne diseases continue to be significant public health issues in the Northeastern United States, including New York. With Lyme disease representing the most common vector-borne pathogen in the US, researchers are working to better understand the biology and ecology of ticks, while the medical community works toward improving diagnostic techniques and treatment. Despite these efforts, individuals continue to encounter ticks that harbor pathogens. Therefore, starting in 2014 the New York State IPM Program established a new priority to develop, confirm, and/or promote methods for reducing the impact of ticks in community settings in a measurable way. By providing education about tick biology and ecology, combined with recommendations for personal protection, the goal is to reduce human interactions with ticks. To this end, the Community IPM program has engaged diverse audiences in learning about tick and host management, conducted research, assisted other organizations in disseminating their message, and applied for and received monies to create a tick outreach campaign, Don’t Get Ticked, NY, launched in 2018. In 2019, activities such as outreach events, hands-on school workshops and tick/tick borne disease distribution data analysis continued.
NYS IPM Type: Project Report
New York State Integrated Pest Management Program
Community IPM; Humans or Pets
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